Genesis 30, Jacob’s children, mandrakes, Jacob’s breeding method.

Mandrakes are both narcotic and hallucinogenic, and were used for sorcery and divination, but were also believed to cure sterility. Rachel kept trying anything.

Hitler practised mysticism, and possessed mandrakes. Nowadays mandrakes are used in some Wiccan rituals. And then there was the early 20th century cartoon “Mandrake the Magician”.

So Laban used divination. Many believe that the best way to find water is using a divining rod. If bent the right way it will point down to where water can be found.

Genesis28, Jacob’s ladder and God’s promise at Bethel.

Esau’s wives so far were Hittites. That explains why Rebekah in chapter 27:46  “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.” It was not prejudice, it was the friction between mother-in-law and daughters-in-law.

Jesus repeats this phrase when he first met Nathaniel

And who has ever sung this Sunday School song?

 

 

Genesis 27, Jacob gets Isaac’s blessing, Jacob flees to Laban.

Rebekah: Let the curse fall on me. She didn’t have it easy after that.

Rebekah was the original inventor of the plot for Isaac to give Jacob the blessing rather than Esau after Jacob had extorted Esau’s birthright. By deceit they fulfilled God’s will. The Bible shows how sinful man can still fulfill God’s purpose.